Press Release_Norian Maro
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 22, 2014
< Leodo: Paradise Lost > by Norian Maro
Second Performance of the OPEN STAGE 2014-2015 Season
Friday, January 16, 2015, 8 pm
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd, Flushing, NY
This event is presented by the Korean Cultural Service New York in partnership with
Flushing Town Hall.
Come open the New Year through the energy of pungmul!
Award-winning director and choreographerHaein Song and the internationally
acclaimed Korean physical theater group Norian Maro will present their newest
production, <Leodo: Paradise Lost>, on Friday, January 16th, 2015 at 8 pm at the
Flushing Town Hall.
This mesmerizing Korean performance will feature pungmul, a traditional percussive
music and dance genre originally performed by farmers. This folk music tradition was
recently recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Under Haein Song’s artistic direction, the performance will embody not just the
technical methods of this genre, but also the spirit of pungmul, which encourages,
entertains, and unifies the performers and the audience through the power of tradition.
The energetic and multi-talented group creates an enthralling atmosphere as they
conjure “Leodo,” a fantasy island, through a harmony of splendid costumes, passionate
movements, dynamic drumming, and enchanting songs; the audience is transported
into an imaginary world, delivering the wisdom and joys of Jeju Island and its people.
According to the folk tales of Jeju Island, Leodo is a mythical island of nirvana where
lost souls at sea dwell in paradise.
The story begins with a female diver who goes to work and departs this life as she gets
swept away by the waves. She alone must go to the world beyond, but the soul of the
woman cannot easily depart this life because she cannot break free from her deep
sorrow and regret in this world. However, through the help of the Sea God and the
Gods of Leodo, she manages to open the road that leads to the island of paradise.
<About the Artists>
Norian Maro is an innovative traditional Korean performance group based in Jeju
Island that is dedicated to fostering national artistic traditions and local folk culture
through dance and movement, song and percussion, interwoven with elements of
mythology. Their unique name means ‘a gathering of those enjoying the best of Korean
Originally founded in 2005 as a samulnori (traditional percussion music) group, Norian
Maro has since fused traditional and contemporary performance styles into their
production, earning them the reputation as one of Korea’s premier traditional music
and dance troupes. Designated as Jeju’s Specialized Performance Arts Groups in 2010
and Jeju Social Enterprise in 2011, Norian Maro performs at more than 800 shows
annually, both domestic and abroad. Most notably in 2013, Norian Maro received an
international invitation to perform at the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival, CIOFF
Festival in Guadeloupe, and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Composer: Ho Sung Yang, Haein Song
Director: Haein Song
Choreographer: Haein Song
Producer: Norian Maro
Cast: Nam Sook Jun, Jong Suk Ki, Yoo Jeong Oh, Minkyong Ha, Jeonghyeon Yun, Haein
Song, Ho Sung Yang
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